ORIGINAL: Mike Scholl
I'm playing the GUA scenario waiting for Patch 2 before a GC. While subs are hard, they are far from impossible. There are other threads here to explain how and following them works just fine for me. I'm JAP this time so,
1. Nettie's on Naval Search. low altitude, short range, narrow area. Generate lots of sightings, keep the DL high.
2. 2 - 4 ship ASW, tight patrol zones, needs to be able to replenish frequently as exhaust DC loads FAST.
3. More Netties on ASW, low altitude, short range, narrow area. More sightings and some hits.
Takes 5 - 10 days to either kill or damage the sub sufficiently to drive it away. During this time, it is so busy evading that it makes no attacks on my merchant traffic.
Loading up the US, I can see that I have not had many kills, but then I have only lost 1 ship to their subs. I have damaged at least 7 USN subs, so I think the tactics suggested elsewhere are effective.
I really LOVE this! Using Japanese assets in a totally ahistorical manner for ASW work. I say ahistorical because while they certainly had the ability, they had neither the training, doctrine, or willingness to use them that way. Then again, just because the historic commanders made poor choices is no reason a player should have too... Right?
So I also assume that you have no problem with B-17's making naval attacks from 1000 feet... Right? They certainly could do it (and did on several occasions)..., so why put artificial restrictions on a player's tactics just because historically they tended to be too valuable for long ranged patrol and reccon to be risked it this manner.
Let's hear it for the marvelous mental flexibility of the JFB!
Play your way and let others enjoy theirs. No reason for the petty sarcasm.
The game is about "what-if?" to many of us. If you want to re-create your "Golden Years" of USN domination, enjoy. No one will heckle you as you watch the world slowly play out history again and again and again and again. That's your idea of fun and I will be the last person to disallow you. Just please respect others in their manner of enjoyment.
And if I miss-interpreted your post, my sincere apologies.